Academics

Bachelors
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Family and Child Major

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (On Campus)

Ball State's family and child major will prepare you to make a lasting difference in the lives of families and children. As a student, you will pick from three closely related concentrations in child development, family studies, and child life. Learn more.

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Early Childhood Major (Non-licensure)

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (Online)

Prepare to work in pre-kindergarten settings with our non-licensure track, offered entirely online. This program is ideal for anyone wanting to work with children five and younger who also wants the flexibility of an online degree. Learn more.

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Early Childhood Major (Licensure)

bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (On Campus)

Prepare to teach young children (birth through 3rd grade). You will gain a strong foundation in child development theory and research and developmentally appropriate methodology. You may also earn a dual major with special education. Learn more.

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Minor in Family Engagement

Whether you plan to work with young children, youth, or adults of any age, understanding and drawing upon the power of family dynamics can enhance your efforts to improve the lives of individuals and families. Learn more.

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Minor in infant and Toddler Specialization

Acquire the skills and knowledge you need to work with and serve our youngest children. This program covers broad topics related to child care and development. Learn more.

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Undergraduat Certificate in Infant and Toddler Specialization 

Online

Earn a specialized credential for working with children three and younger with our infant and toddler undergraduate certificate. Learn more.
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Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Program Administration

Online

Step up from a role as a teacher in an early childhood program to that of a leader with our all-online graduate certificate in early childhood administration. Learn more.

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Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education, Master Teacher

Online

Gain the skills and strategies you need to be a mentor-teacher with our all-online early childhood education master teacher graduate certificate. Learn more.

Graduate Programs in Education with an Early Childhood Focus

Specialize in early childhood as part of the Master of Arts in Education in Elementary Education, the EdD in Elementary Education, or the PhD in Elementary Education.